2014
04.11

Are you ready for some football? Then head to the Glass Bowl on Saturday, April 12th for the annual spring Blue and Gold Game.

From UTRockets.com:

Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. Admission is free. Fans can park in either Lot 10 or Lot 9, and should enter via Gate A (west side of stadium near press tower). Fans are asked to use caution around the construction site at the Larimer Building.

This is a great chance to see the team, the coaches and see how the team is coming together for this season’s campaign. Players and coaches will sign autographs in the West Concourse after the game.

For more details, head over here.

2014
03.01

The MAC has finally announced the 2014 football schedule. We’ve known that Toledo’s slate of non-conference opponents included New Hampshire, Missouri. Cincinnati, and Iowa State — but now we have a list of MAC opponents to fill out the schedule (Ball St, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, UMass, Kent St, NIU, BGSU and EMU).

Check out the full schedule:

Date Opponent
8/30 New Hampshire
9/6 Missouri
9/12 @ Cincinnati
9/20 Ball St
9/27 Central Michigan
10/4 @ Western Michigan
10/11 @ Iowa St
10/25 Massachusetts
11/4 @ Kent St
11/11 @ Northern Illinois
11/19 Bowling Green
11/28 @ Eastern Michigan

For a full compliment of MAC football schedules, head over to PhilSteele.com.

2014
02.05

National Signing Day saw a group of athletes all across the nation make their commitments to the University of Toledo official. Among the group are athletes from 10 states including 5 recruits from Florida.

Olasunkanmi Adeniyi: Linebacker (Freshman) Houston, TX – George Bush – Highlights

Alex Pfeiffer: Offensive Lineman (Freshman) Cincinnati, OH – Anderson – Highlights

Devin Alexander: Defensive Back (Freshman) St. Louis, MO – Ritenour – Highlights

Brandon Reynolds: Defensive End/Linebacker (Freshman) Solon, OH – Solon – Highlights

Yazeed Atariwa: Defensive Lineman (Freshman) Sterling, VA – Dominion – Highlights

Davi’on Riley: Tight End (Freshman) Lake Wales, FL – Lake Wales – Highlights

Mike Berry: Outside Linebacker (Freshman) Beavercreek, OH – Beavercreek – Highlights

Bernard Rogers: Cornerback (Freshman) Tampa, FL – Plant – Highlights

Dedric Brinson: Cornerback (Freshman) Lake Wales, FL – Lake Wales – Highlights

Mykale Rogers: Wide Receiver (Freshman) Lima, OH – Lima Central Catholic – Highlights

Andrew Davis: Wide Receiver (Freshman) St. Petersburg, FL – Lakewood – Highlights

Noah Spielman: Defensive Lineman (Freshman) Upper Arlington, OH – Upper Arlington – Highlights

Anthony Davis: Linebacker (Freshman) Tampa, FL – Chamberlain – Highlights

Terry Swanson: Running Back (Freshman) Aliquippa, PA – Aliquippa – Highlights

Tre James: Linebacker/Defensive End (Junior) Baltimore, MD – Baltimore City College – Highlights

Cody Thompson: Wide Receiver (Freshman) Huron, OH – Huron – Highlights

Jon’Vea Johnson: Wide Receiver (Freshman) Gary, IN – West Side – Highlights

Bill Weber: Offensive Lineman (Freshman) Coppell, TX – Coppell – Highlights

Trevon Mathis: Cornerback (Freshman) Pittsburgh, PA – Woodland Hills

Marcus Whitfield: Wide Receiver (Freshman) Massillon, OH – Massillon – Highlights

Cameron Mattison: Defensive Back (Freshman) Charlotte, NC – Mallard Creek – Highlights

Jamaal Woodland: Cornerback (Freshman) Lanham, MD – Duval

Richard Olekanma: Linebacker (Freshman) Downers Grove, IL – Downers Grove North – Highlights

2014
01.17

David Fluellen has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl. The game will be played on Saturday, January 25th at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.

Straight from UTRockets.com:

Fluellen, who will play on the North squad, finished his Rocket career with 3,336 rushing yards, which ranks fourth all-time at UT. A two-time first-team All-MAC selection, Fluellen rushed for 100 or more yards 13 times in his career. He gained 1,121 yards in 2013 despite missing most of four games due to injuries.

Congrats to Fluellen on being selected to represent the Rockets one final time before moving on.

2014
01.16

The University announced that Toledo will travel to Fayetteville, AR to face the University of Arkansas Razorbacks on Sept. 12, 2015.

Straight from UTRockets.com:

“We are very pleased to add Arkansas to our 2015 football schedule,” said O’Brien. “Arkansas is a program with a long and storied football tradition. We look forward to a great experience in Fayetteville in 2015.”

Arkansas, 3-9 in 2013, plays in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. Toledo played two SEC teams in 2013 (Florida and Missouri) after never having played a school from the SEC in its first 92 seasons of football.

Good to keep solid programs on our OOC schedule and Arkansas certainly fits that bill. Toledo will have it’s hands full with another SEC program but certainly has a shot in this game if we come prepared.

2014
01.13

The slate of 2014 MAC opponents for the Rockets has been announced — no dates and times yet, but we do know the locations:

Home Games
Ball State
Bowling Green
Central Michigan
UMass

Away Games
Eastern Michigan
Kent State
Northern Illinois
Western Michigan

Toledo will also host Missouri and New Hampshire at the Glass Bowl and will travel to face Cincinnati and Iowa State to complete the non-conference schedule.

2013
12.24

LGR Holiday 2013

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season from LGR.

Be safe on the roads and good to each other.

Go Rockets!

2013
12.19

The University of Toledo has announced the 2014 Class for the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame. Among the inductees were two former football players, John Greco and Jalen Parmele. From UTRockets.com:

John Greco, 2004-07

John Greco was a three-time All-MAC selection at left tackle, one of only a handful of Rockets to earn first-team all-league honors in three consecutive seasons. He started 49 consecutive games in his career (every game for four seasons), including 36 straight at left tackle. Twice he was named to the watch list for Rotary Lombardi Award as nation’s best lineman or linebacker. As a freshman, he started in 12 games at right tackle, helping the Rockets to a MAC Championship and a berth in the Motor City Bowl. As a sophomore, he assumed the left tackle position vacated by current Hall of Famer Nick Kaczur and went on to earn first-team All-MAC honors. The Rockets went 9-3 that season and won the GMAC Bowl vs. UTEP. As a junior in 2006, Greco was the team co-captain and started all 13 games at left tackle, earning first-team All-MAC honors. He again earned first-team league honors as a senior, and was a third-team All-America selection by Rivals.com. Greco was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. The Sporting News ranked him No. 8 offensive tackle in the nation. Greco was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, the highest draft pick out of UT since Dan Williams was taken in the first round in 1993. After three seasons in St. Louis, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he is a starter at offensive guard.

Jalen Parmele, 2004-07

Jalen Parmele was a first-team All-MAC running back in 2006 and 2007 for the Rockets. As a junior in 2006, Parmele rushed for 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns. He gained more than 100 yards in each of UT’s final four games, including 173 vs. Ball State. As a senior, Parmele rushed for 1,511 yards, ninth in the nation that season and the fourth-highest total in school history. He also scored 14 touchdowns and was third in the balloting for MAC Player of the Year. He rushed for 241 yards on 38 carries in a 43-40 win over Ohio, the third-highest single-game total in UT history. He finished his UT career with 3,119 yards rushing, the fourth-highest mark for a Rocket at the time. After the season, Parmele was invited to the Hula Bowl where he rushed for 46 yards. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Miami. He has since played for Baltimore, Jacksonville and Tennessee as a kickoff returner and backup running back.

To see the complete list of inductees, head over here. Congrats to Greco and Parmele.